Safe Surgery & Anesthesia Fellows, 2020

Lifebox is opening applications for a new program – the Lifebox Safe Surgery Fellows Program – for exceptional individuals currently in training or residency programs in anesthesia and surgery.

The Fellows will develop and deliver research and quality improvement initiatives to enhance the safety of surgery and anesthesia in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Fellows will be based in an LMIC for a period of one to two years, and will work in close collaboration with hospitals, clinicians, governmental bodies, and other stakeholders.

The objectives of the Fellows Program are to:

  1. – Contribute to measurable improvement in the safety of surgery and anesthesia in a low-resource setting;
  2. – Work with local clinicians, health ministries, fellow residents and trainees, and multi-disciplinary teams to develop and implement locally-initiated, adapted, and effective surgical quality improvement initiatives;
  3. – Undertake rigorous original research to drive and advocate for safer surgery and anesthesia locally and globally; 
  4. – Develop skills and expertise as future leaders in the implementation of quality improvement programs in surgery and anesthesia.

The Fellowship offers:

  • – An opportunity to build skills and experience in quality improvement, training, human-centered design, operations management, and research in surgery and anesthesia, particularly as they pertain to challenges in LMICs, by working directly with local clinicians in an LMIC setting; 
  • – Strong academic mentorship from surgical and anesthesia leaders — a Lifebox trustee or closely affiliated faculty member — in patient safety, quality improvement, and health systems strengthening;
  • – Time to pursue research in perioperative improvement in line with the Fellow’s own research interests; 
  • – The opportunity to generate impactful, publishable academic work that will improve how surgical and anesthetic care is delivered;
  • – Exposure to program development, delivery, and implementation, aspects of international development work, impact of device distribution, human-centered design, training and education pedagogy and delivery, and the workings of a global nonprofit;
  • – Access and opportunity to collaborate with a robust international network of top-quality clinicians, research institutes, and other stakeholders engaged in ongoing programmatic work.

Start date: Fellows must be available from July 2020.

Locations: Ethiopia, India, and other potential locations to be determined.

Funding: Please note that this is an unfunded Fellowship; therefore we encourage applicants to seek their own funding and state the source of this in their application. A US$5,000 honorarium will be provided annually and basic travel costs to/from the country of placement will be covered. 

Please download this document for details of application process and requirements.